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Bedknobs and Broomsticks Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Disney's multi-Oscar nominated musical is not as good as Mary Poppins to which it's often compared, but Angela Lansbury is well-cast and most of the visual effects, which won the Oscar, are impressive.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B-

April 3, 2012
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A fun, fairly intelligent, unexpectedly witty example of cinema for children at a time when that genre was at one of its lowest-ever ebbs

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 7/10

December 15, 2010
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Delightful Disney charmer may be too long for youngest.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

October 1, 2010
Richard Luck
Film4

It's a little uneven but at its best Bedknobs And Broomsticks rivals the joy and wonder of Mary Poppins.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

November 3, 2009
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

Like Lansbury, the film has aged well and retains almost all of its magic.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

November 3, 2009
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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It's more sophisticated than the usual run of Disney product, but it lacks the inventiveness that could endow it with genuine charm.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 3, 2009
Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine
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The fantasy is earthbound, the score by Richard and Robert Sherman (who also wrote music and lyrics for Mary Poppins) is forgettable, the special effects lackadaisical.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

November 3, 2009

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Animation is neatly mixed with live action, and Lansbury, engaging as ever, heads a capable cast.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

November 3, 2009
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

Has many moments rooted in movie magic, but there's also a whole lot of filler that brings the movie to a length that's more than bearable.

Full Review Source: Movie Views

September 27, 2009
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Angela Lansbury shows off her singing, dancing and comic skills -- which I think even overshadow the film's Oscar-winning special effects.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

September 7, 2009
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

It's Disney, and it has magic in it, but for me it's a stretch to call the film 'magical.'

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

September 5, 2009
Variety Staff
Variety
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It is when the film [based on the book by Mary Norton] dives deeply into the realms of fantasy that it is most enjoyable.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009

Time Out
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Must all films for kids be so shoddy, though? The music is appalling.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat

If Jessica Fletcher was a witch all along, you think she could've kept Cabot Cove a little safer

| Original Score: 3/5

October 28, 2005
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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I suspect the movie will be something of a long, uninterrupted sit for the very children for whom it's intended, and an even longer one for those parents and guardians (both adults and teen-age) who will probably accompany them.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 9, 2005
Staci Layne Wilson
StaciWilson.com

Good training for the little witches and warlocks in your family!

Full Review Source: StaciWilson.com

January 17, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The Disney organization is worst when it makes "family entertainment" and best when it sticks to pure, simple, charming fantasy.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 23, 2004
Shawn Bowers
Kansas City Star

A fun adventure that always seems to get mixed up in my memory with Mary Poppins, and while they share similarities, this one stands out on its own as a great childrens film.

| Original Score: 4/5

August 21, 2003
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Oscar-winning special effects and animation sequences by Ward Kimball make this musical fantasy a perennial favorite.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle

March 10, 2003
Gerry Shamray
Sun Newspapers of Cleveland

grand, under rated Disney special effects filled musical.

| Original Score: 4/5

January 31, 2003
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